Explore and Restore Maryland Streams

Funding Available for Outdoor Learning and Watershed Stewardship!​

Round 2 - NOW OPEN!

​​ Cover of Grants Gateway FY21 SolicitationThis funding opportunity is offered primarily to support transportation and costs associated with providing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) and other outdoor field investigations designed to explore public lands (parks –local/state/national, wildlife refuges and management areas, etc…) for students in pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. Projects should result in environmental stewardship actions led by students and schools. School systems (districts) and partners such as environmental nonprofits (able to apply this round), local, or state agencies who are working on contributing to environmental education and school environmental literacy programs are encouraged to apply under this outcome. There is a minimum request of $25,000 up to a maximum of $100,000 (if your project is under $25,000 please discuss with the outcome contact). For more information and guidelines click the Outcome 4 button below.

To apply: https://dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/Pages/funding/grantsgateway.aspx

Full solicitation:https://dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/Documents/GrantsGatewayFY21Solicitation.pdf​

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A group of children learning what microorganisms live in the stream.

Join teachers and students from all around Maryland in taking action to care for Maryland’s streams. As a key part of Bay restoration, students from grades K-12 are adopting, investigating, and taking action to restore the health of their local stream. The program will introduce your students to the amazing natural features of streams right in their own communities, making rigorous learning as much fun as it is beneficial.

By investigating real-world, local environmental issues, and making informed decisions about how to affect them, schools are directly in line with Maryland’s environmental literacy graduation requirement and preK-12 environmental literacy standards. A sustained program of study that starts in the classroom and includes hands-on, outdoor investigations also helps meet STEM goals and Next Generation Science Standards, and offers opportunities to integrate environmental learning with multiple disciplines.

​Explore and Restore Maryland Streams Teacher Workshops

Do you want to get your students outside​ to a local stream for some challenging and relevant science and action projects? Maryland Department of Natural Resources educators and scientists offer free one-day professional development workshops that emphasize outdoor learning to help meet a variety of education standards and current practices. Read one teacher's account. Depending on current funding, possible stipends may be available for classroom teachers attending a workshop on a day that is outside of their teaching contract obligations.

Workshop Schedule

Please check back for 2020 workshop dates!

If you are interested in scheduling or hosting a training for a group of educators, please contact Jennifer.Wolfe1@Maryland.gov.

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